Sir Alex Ferguson said that it would take champions Manchester City “a hundred years” to match Manchester United’s history.
But City have the stadium, the facilities, the support and the backing. The spine of a genuinely excellent team is in place and they now have the credibility of a title to sustain their regime. City aren’t going anywhere.
Meanwhile at Old Trafford, there are issues, although they have encouraging potential players. Most notably, the belt-tightening measures initiated by the owners - the Glazer family.
In an ideal world, Ferguson would want three £30 million ($60m) players, two midfielders and a wide attacker. In this world, he may get only one of the above.
The question is whether the Glazers want success, or are they just here for the money? I fear we already know the answer.